Ted Arnott, MPP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2013
3 months since Ontario Legislature prorogued
(Wellington-Halton Hills) – Today marks 3 months since the Liberal Government prorogued the Ontario
On October 15, Dalton McGuinty announced his intention to resign as Premier of Ontario and prorogued
the Ontario Legislature indefinitely – shutting it down until further notice.
“While the Liberals fight amongst themselves to see who will become the next Premier, closing down the
House has prevented MPPs from debating the issues that are important to Ontarians,” said Wellington-
Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott. “It has also conveniently let the Government avoid scrutiny on matters
such as the Ornge air ambulance scandal and the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted in the
cancellation of the Oakville and Mississauga power plants,” he added.
Normally the Ontario Legislature would have remained in session until mid-December.
While the Legislature does not usually sit during the month of January, it is still a time where important
work gets done.
“If the Legislature had not been prorogued, committees would still be sitting and carrying out their work,”
pointed out Mr. Arnott. “The Finance and Economic Affairs Committee would be holding public
consultations in preparation for the budget.”
Mr. Arnott noted that this marks the second year in a row that the committee has been unable to hold
pre-budget public consultations.
There are many issues that Mr. Arnott would have wanted to raise in the Legislature and in Committee in
recent weeks. These issues include jobs and the economy, improving support for health care, education,
and agriculture, eliminating wasteful public spending, highlighting the need balance the budget and begin
paying down Ontario’s debt, pushing the Government to place the Morriston bypass onto the Ministry of
Transportation’s 5 year plan, holding the Government accountable for the cancellation of the
Mississauga and Oakville power plants, and pressing the Government on its plans for the horse racing
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